Violence in Chicago: Chicago Weekend Violence

Published: July 6, 2015

Violence in Chicago: Chicago Weekend Violence, When a city has seven killings in two days, including the death of a 7-year-old boy, something is systemically wrong.

That’s what Chicago’s police chief said after a spate of bloodshed that tormented the city over the weekend.

“We need to repair a broken system,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters Sunday. “Criminals don’t feel the repercussions of the justice system.”

Take, for example, the death of 7-year-old Amari Brown. McCarthy said the boy was the unintended victim of bullet meant for his father, a ranking gang member.

The system failed Amari, the police chief said. Amari’s father, who has been arrested 45 times and has a lengthy criminal record, should not have been on the streets, McCarthy said.

“If Mr. Brown is in custody, his son is alive,” McCarthy said.

S-EX- HAS A NAME: 7 yr old Amari Brown, was shot and killed last night in Chicago while watching fireworks with his dad.

— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 5, 2015
At a vigil Sunday for Amari, family friend Michael Singleton told the media that unless real changes are made, the cycle of violence will continue.

“All of you all will be back out here next week, on another corner, filming the same thing, from somebody else, saying exactly what I’m saying,” he said.

“So I’m tired of doing news conferences. I’m tired of listening to them. I’m tired of talking about them. Until we make a better decision as a community and as a city, this is all that’s going to happen.”


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